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Virginia Mason Medical Center Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Virginia Mason Medical Center job interview, here are 31 interview questions and answer examples.

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Virginia Mason Medical Center has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

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Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. Even better, give an example of being able to embrace diversity in the workplace.

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31 Virginia Mason Medical Center Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Virginia Mason Medical Center has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. Even better, give an example of being able to embrace diversity in the workplace.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers me unique learning opportunities."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at Virginia Mason Medical Center. I greatly value diversity. I grew up in a fairly homogeneous town in Montana. When I hit my 20's, it was so important to me to learn about other cultures. I worked with community volunteer organizations in Peru, inner-city Chicago, and Russia."

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  • 2. What do you know about Virginia Mason Medical Center's community improvement efforts? Why do you feel these things are important to the greater community we operate in?

      How to Answer

      Virginia Mason Medical Center puts a great deal of resources and effort into great community health improvement projects like health education, nutrition education, fitness initiatives and projects that extend internationally as well. For this question, make sure to research some of the efforts that the organization takes part in and speak to the one's that hit close to home for you in talking about their importance. If you've taken part in any community health initiatives in the past, be sure to bring up the details of what your participation entailed. As well, talk a bit about the greater health of the community and the impact that can have.

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      1st Answer Example

      "During my five years working as a Dialysis Technician, I have assisted in diabetes education classes for both newly diagnosed patients and for community awareness seminars that my organization has put on. As part of the team, I have spoken about the dialysis process and what patients can expect as far as their dialysis treatment goes. For both the patient and community education seminars, my input was always well received and important. Programs like this are important because a lot of diseases and illnesses have very negative stigmas in the general public's eye and by simply educating people, these stigmas are negated. I'd look forward to working on any diabetes related education initiatives with your organization."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I have a first hand experience on how effective community health initiative programs can be. My brother in law was facing some severe health problems due to obesity and his motivation to finally turn things around came from nutrition and cooking classes that were offered by a local healthcare organization. While his family and friends could talk until they were blue in the face, being among others in his situation and hearing professionals talk about the benefits of healthy eating and being shown how to cook healthy meals were the turning point for him. Seeing the effect a simple program had on him, I'm a true believer in community health efforts."

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  • 3. Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.

      Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.

      Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I believe that being a good team member is more about attitude than it is about compatibility. You do not need to agree with everyone 100% of the time, to be effective in your job."

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  • 4. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Virginia Mason Medical Center?

      How to Answer

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations with Virginia Mason Medical Center. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

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  • 5. What is your greatest weakness?

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      Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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  • 6. In the time that you spend face to face with your patients, what is important to get accomplished in your mind?

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      Virginia Mason Medical Center prioritizes and optimizes face to face time with patients for their employees. The organization expects that time spent with patients is focused on key ares and your interviewer will be looking to hear what you feel those key areas are. Put some thought to the job that you are interviewing for and the patients that you will be working with and prioritize what will be important in your time with patients to enhance their overall experience and satisfaction while in your care.

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  • 7. In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?

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      Employers want to know that you have a methodical approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions.

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  • 8. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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      Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to know the type of situation offered in this position prior, to the interview. If you aren't completely clear on the workplace environment or culture, kindly ask the interviewer to expand on the work environment for you.

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  • 9. With the ongoing changes in the healthcare services industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?

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      Employers expect employees to stay up-to-date on their respective field, and today's technology makes this reasonably easy! List several ways that you receive your industry knowledge and stay on top of trends.

      Tell the interviewer about those daily update emails you receive from professional organizations, conferences you attend, and seminars you have taken.

      Lastly, it's a great idea to ask the interviewer what resources they refer to for industry trends. That question can start up a great conversation, and you may learn a thing or two as well.

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  • 10. Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please.

      Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to please. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was with you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

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  • 11. If Virginia Mason Medical Center hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

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      When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate. If you want to make an impact with your answer, refer to the immediate needs of the company such as increasing budgets, or improving patient care, for instance.

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  • 12. If you could expand your knowledge and expertise in any healthcare service area, which would you choose?

      How to Answer

      There are many facets of health care. If you could choose any area of healthcare to specialize in, which would you choose? Be sure to tie your answer into some aspects of what Virginia Mason Medical Center does.

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  • 13. What are some ways that you would say that you work efficiently and why is this important?

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      As part of Virginia Mason Medical Center's Virginia Mason Production System, the organization strives to take measures to eliminate waste and inefficiencies in their work processes to allow their employees more direct time with patients to talk, listen and treat them. In your answer to this question, talk about efficiencies that you have developed in your work that allow you more face to face contact time with your patients and talk about why this is important in the job that you perform. Gear your efficiencies towards administrative tasks and other tasks that take you away from direct patient care.

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  • 14. Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      Take a few minutes to tell the interviewer a few things about yourself. You can begin with your recent education, family life, volunteer work, or talk about your travels. Bring up anything that is interesting and highlights your ability to be a responsible, reliable, and bright individual.

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  • 15. Virginia Mason Medical Center supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

      It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

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  • 16. Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

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      In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself). You may work well without the need for much management or direction, or perhaps you are better driven in a collaborative and team led environment. Either way, be honest with the interviewer about your preferences without leaning negatively, either way.

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  • 17. Patient care requires a strong amount of compassion. Do you consider yourself a compassionate person?

      How to Answer

      To succeed in the healthcare services industry, you should have a solid level of compassion for your patients or customers. Talk to the interviewer about the compassionate qualities that you possess. How would you rate your level of compassion for others?

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  • 18. How would you describe your personality?

      How to Answer

      Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. Your example could include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

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  • 19. Here at Virginia Mason Medical Center, we are in the continual pursuit of the perfect patient experience. In your mind, what does the perfect patient experience entail for those that you work with?

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      Through continuous quality improvement, safety and service efforts, Virginia Mason Medical Center is committed to providing the best patient experience possible. The perfect patient experience per se. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear what the perfect patient experience looks like in your world. Really think about the job you perform and the patients you work with and let your interviewer know what that perfect experience looks like to your patients. Be sure to hit on keywords like outcomes and needs while also factoring in environmental factors that increase their experience while in your care.

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  • 20. Virginia Mason Medical Center seeks to hire those with strong problem solving skills. When were you able to successfully resolve a problem in the workplace?

      How to Answer

      Problem-solving and dispute resolution are critical skills to possess. Display to the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving within the workplace. Talk about a time when you were creative, proactive, and displayed the leadership qualities required to resolve a workplace issue.

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  • 21. At Virginia Mason Medical Center we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?

      How to Answer

      Every hiring manager would like to know that their investment of time and training will pay off. Assure the interviewer that you see this position as a long-term fit. How does this role with Virginia Mason Medical Center fit into your longer-term plans?

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  • 22. Have you ever been involved in ordering medical supplies, maintaining inventory, or other types of health care related administrative duties?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you understand what it takes to keep on top of ordering medical supplies and inventory. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of foreseeing needs, and making the appropriate action. Highlight your ability to be responsible when it comes to related administrative tasks.

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  • 23. It is often said that a career in healthcare is a 'thankless job'. How can we keep you motivated and engaged, even on the days when you feel your work goes unnoticed?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how they could continue to motivate you - even on the hardest of days. Do you need to have verbal recognition? Are you motivated solely by the success of your team? Talk to the interviewer about how you have stayed motivated in the past.

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  • 24. If you could expand your knowledge and expertise in any area of healthcare services, which would you choose?

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      The interviewer would like to dig deeper into your true areas of interest when it comes to healthcare services. They want to know that your passions align well with what Virginia Mason Medical Center is offering. Talk to the interviewer about the areas of healthcare you would like to focus on most, and then tie that information in with what the position at Virginia Mason Medical Center would be offering you.

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  • 25. Healthcare service companies require strong organizational skills and attention to detail. How do you ensure that your work is properly organized, and highly accurate?

      How to Answer

      The success of the healthcare industry thrives on the accuracy of information, and organization. Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you ensure accuracy and organization in your day to day activities. Perhaps you use a particular app or software. Maybe you are a pen and paper person. Whatever your method, be sure to highlight that you are successful in organizing your day.

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  • 26. At Virginia Mason Medical Center, we have strong outreach care programs available to patients in rural locations. Have you participated in outreach before in your career?

      How to Answer

      As an organization, Virginia Mason Medical Center believes strongly in providing outreach through a few different avenues. They provide respite care to the homeless population around the Seattle area and they have their Access Northwest program that provides specialty care services to community clinic patients. If you have direct experience working in an outreach type of setting, be sure to bring that up to your interviewer. If you don't, be sure to expand on why these types of programs are important. To really nail this question, give your interviewer the impression that you are open to opportunities to provide outreach care if it is warranted in the job you are interviewing for.

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  • 27. What is your patient care philosophy?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to research the company before your interview. You want to get to know their care philosophy so that your answer can reflect what is important to them. What is the core of your care philosophy? Keep your answer concise yet sincere.

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  • 28. At Virginia Mason Medical Center we take pride in our great relationships with clients, vendors, coworkers, and patients. Do you consider yourself to be a strong relationship builder?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you would treat everyone at Virginia Mason Medical Center with great respect and a positive attitude. Discuss the ways that you would build strong and healthy relationships if hired.

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  • 29. Tell me about your healthcare related education and training.

      How to Answer

      Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your formal post-secondary education as well as any on the job training. Talk about your most positive take-away's from your post-secondary experience and be sure to tie in how that experience will help you succeed in this position.

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  • 30. During your career, what types of safety initiatives have you been involved in and why were these important to you?

      How to Answer

      As part of the Virginia Mason Production System, the organization continually seeks measurable improvements in safety, quality, service, staff satisfaction and cost. For this question, your interviewer will be looking hear about your thoughts and experiences working with both patient and employee safety measures. If you have direct experience working as part of a safety committee or writing safety policies, talk about them with your interviewer. If you don't have direct experience working on safety policy, you've surely been a part of following safety measures so expand on those and their importance. No matter how you answer, be sure that your interviewer has the clear sense that you serious about safety.

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  • 31. At Virginia Mason Medical Center we seek to hire individuals who display a keen interest in the healthcare arena. Would you consider yourself dedicated to a career in healthcare services?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you are dedicated to a lucrative career in the healthcare services industry. The hiring manager would like to know that this position fits into your long-term plan and that, if hired, you would stay with Virginia Mason Medical Center as long as possible.

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